IPB Statement: Korea Summit In Singapore

The International Peace Bureau welcomes the commitment of President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jung-un to meet at the June 12 summit in Singapore. Even as many issues related to military, human and political rights, and regional tensions will not be addressed in the summit, it holds the promise of ending nearly 70 years of disastrous war and preparations for war that have disproportionally impacted North and South Korea.

This summit would not have been possible without President Moon Jae-in’s inspired “Olympic Diplomacy” which brought the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea back from the brink of President Trump’s threatened “Fire and Fury” war and Chairman Kim’s threat to reciprocate in kind. The Trump-Kim summit would not have been possible without the ground-breaking April 27 Kim-Moon summit at Panmunjom, during which the two Korean leaders declared that “there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and thus a new era of peace has begun”, and resolved to begin the processes of Korean denuclearization and peaceful reunification.

The Korean people have long suffered colonization by Japan, military occupations by the United States and the Soviet Union, dictatorships, the devastation of the Korean War, repeated U.S. threats and preparations to initiate first strike attacks against North Korea, simulated U.S. nuclear attacks, and North Korea’s consequent development of its nuclear arsenal. We note as well that in the past South Korea had a nuclear weapons program, and that some in South Korea continue to call for either the return of U.S. nuclear weapons deployments in their country or the development of an independent South Korean nuclear arsenal.

The diplomatic process initiated by President Moon, which we trust will be advanced by Presidents Trump and Moon hold the promise of ending this tragic history.

After having raised expectations that the summit would quickly result in the immediate, verifiable and irreversible elimination of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, more realistic expectations for what has been described by some as a “get to know you” meeting now prevail.

The summitry has thankfully brought us back from the brink of what would have been a catastrophic, potentially nuclear, a “Fire and Fury” war.  The Singapore summit can now open the way for future diplomacy:

– Institutionalizing the functional “Freeze-for-Freeze” arrangement that has prevailed since the Seoul Olympics: halting North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile testing, curtailing provocative U.S. and allied military exercises which threaten North Korea, and the elimination of nuclear-related sanctions. Additional elements could include: removing the DPRK from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, unfreezing North Korean assets, and allowing for recovery of the remains of U.S. servicemen and for family reunifications.

– Negotiating a Peace Treaty to replace the 1953 Armistice Agreement, formally ending the Korean War. In addition to ruling out future aggression, it would provide for normalization of relations. This was earlier described in the 2000 Joint Communique that the U.S. and DPRK in which the two countries reaffirmed “principles of respect for each other’s sovereignty and non-interference in each other’s affairs…” and “commit to make every effort in the future to build a new relationship free from past enmity”.

– South and North Korean pursuit of national self-determination on their own terms. The international community should support the development in North Korea economically. We call for an end of the international sanctions.

– We stress the need to end the U.S. travel ban and sanctions that seriously reduce the ability to deliver humanitarian assistance including addressing massive food insecurity, the need for life-saving medicines, etc. and noting that humanitarian assistance and encouraging family reunions can facilitate. We call for “people to people diplomacy” which can reinforce peaceful relations.

– Serious negotiations for the phased fulfilment of all of the commitments made in Singapore, including halting the military exercises and moving toward normalization of relations.

– Negotiations for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the creation of a Northeast Asian Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. Foundations for such negotiations were created with the 1992 joint ‘declaration of South and North Korea on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the 1994 Agreed Framework between US and DPRK, the 2000 comprehensive agreement negotiated by U.S. Sec. Defense Perry and Kim Jung-il (and sabotaged by President G.W.Bush) and the 2005 Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Six Party Talks. The April 27 North and South Korean Panmunjom Declaration, “confirmed the common goal of realizing, thorough complete denuclearization, a nuclear -free Korean Peninsula.

Nuclear disarmament negotiations will, of necessity, be prolonged and difficult and will require continuing international support. In addition to achieving the complete, verifiable and irreversible elimination of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, as well as the means to produce such weapons, of necessity it must also include the creation of a Northeast Asia Nuclear-Weapons Free Zone.

Finally, we decry the reality that nuclear apartheid threatens not only peace and survival in Northeast Asia, but of the world’s peoples. There can be no long-term guarantee of peace in Northeast Asia or human survival until the US and other nuclear weapons states eliminate their nuclear arsenals, as they are required to do by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. To support The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons is a most urgent first step.


SIPRI figures on military expenditure in 2017

German MPs and actors from civil society declare: Disarmament is the challenge of our time

On the occasion of the publication of the statistics on world military expenditure in 2017 by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) German MPs and members of the peace movement criticized the enormous cost of armament at a press conference of the International Peace Bureau (IPB).

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GCOMS Final Statement on the occasion of GDAMS 2018

There are many reasons to renew, once again and for the 8th consecutive year, our call for a cut in military spending (based upon SIPRI data), so that the world can move closer to a human security commitment that would better serve humanity. We face the danger of a third world war, and big countries are preparing for war with massive armament investments. It is really time for the people to stand up.
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We Welcome the Panmunjeom Declaration

Statement of People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy

We Welcome the Panmunjeom Declaration and the Arrival of the Era of Peace on the Korean Peninsula with It

The Declaration embodies both Koreas’ commitment to bringing the era of division and confrontation to an end and establishing a peace regime on their own accord.

The vision of thawing military tension, achieving disarmament through mutual trust-building, and freeing the Korean Peninsula from nuclear threats is highly praised. Continue reading “We Welcome the Panmunjeom Declaration”

#YouAllOweUs virtual campaign

Today we are launching #YouAllOweUs virtual campaign. Please, feel free to share the materials with other activists and organizations.

New materials and how we will use it: #YouAllOweUs campaign

You will find the new infographics on the GCOMS website:  http://demilitarize.org/materials-owe-us-gdams-campaign/

  1. 2 general images where Trump reminds global political leaders committed with increasing military spending that they all owe money and cooperation to the US for his role as world’s guard (starting from the idea of the 2%GDP he requires from NATO members and how he addressed Germany in these terms). We can see here how people are demanding politicians to take action instead on fulfilling the SDG’s.
  2. Images of global political leaders committed with the increase in military expenditure. They are chosen based on their representativity and their public advocacy of the increase. Only 2 European leaders were chosen, despite a lot more countries being involved in the increase. We are conscious that, as for instance, Africa is only represented trough Al-Sisi. If you miss a leader or a territory, send us a representative sentence where he/she claims for the need to rise MilEx and all the information (including concrete sentences) and we will try to add new ones if necessary.

[IMPORTANT] How we will use this material: As mentioned, we all (partners but also organizations that can collaborate with us) will launch on May 16th the images on our social networks under the hashtags #YouAllOweUs (Health and wellbeing, better education, gender equality, etc) and #MovetheMoney #GDAMS2018

The idea is to combine the first image (the one with all the leaders) with one of the singles, adding those SDG’s or petitions we think military spending must be moved to, reminding political leaders what their priorities should be. You’ll find an example here: http://demilitarize.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Tweet_You_Owe_Us.jpg

Say No to War!

President Trump cannot just ignore the means and impact of diplomacy, politeness and the binding rules of international law.

Now is the time for prompt and spontaneous actions. We hope that as many as possible of you will join and set a sign for peace and understanding, standing against war and violence.

Say no to war! It is about the danger of a disastrous war, which would harm, injure and kill many lives. War is not and cannot be a solution. Every single person and every government should engage in finding a peaceful solution.

50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination

“As the nation prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we should dwell not merely on how Dr. King died but also on how he lived. How he lived is why he died.” Jesse Jackson (read full article here)
King understood the inter-relationship of the sources of oppression and the need forfundamental, systemic and cultural transformation if humankind is to survive in freedom. Inperhaps the most ringing phrases of this speech, he taught that “if we are to get on to the rightside of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values…the shiftfrom a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers,profitmotives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of f being conquered.”Anticipating his final campaign – the Poor People’s Campaign, a year later –
and daring to include a critique of capitalism, King declared that “A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.“

His commitment to nonviolence was deep and uncompromising. As King taught, reclaiming and healing the world and achieving a revolution of values necessitates bold, imaginative and nonviolent actions. To end and prevent wars. To honor and support the immigrants and refugees in our midst. To end racial and religious discrimination, to ensure economic and social justice. To defend and promote democracy. And to ensure human

survival by abolishing nuclear weapons and restoring environmental sustainability.
“If not us, who? If not now, when?”
(Read the IPB statement on the Speech “Beyond Vietnam” here)